Whilst searching for something or other on online, I came across a lovely photo of the late,fabulous Betty White. Did you know she once hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade from the 1960 to the early '70s. Who knew? The Casa du Borghese says: Can we bring back this tradition please? Take a look at our beloved Betty in action along with her co-host, Lorne Green, who also hosted with her. Of course, this was back when the parade was fun to see, and not plug for all pop star and Broadway shows. When I worked for Bloomingdales, who was owned by Macy's, we too had the opportunity as part of the organization to partake in the parade as balloon handlers. My boss always tried to get me to do it every year. I told her she must think I'm nuts to say yes, and leave the warmth of my house, and getting up at the wee hours of the morning to drive into the city to handle a balloon!!! Plus, we always had family dinner anyhow. Not to mention those huge crowds. I'm fine with watching it right on the tube. Now these days we usually watch the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade then watch the Macy's Parade just to see and hear the marching bands. I can only suspect it must have been a blow when Betty ended hosting the parade. Adore these photos of her.
These images of Betty White make me miss her a lot.ReplyDelete
I see Ms White was in favour of dressing up, Mr Green not so muchReplyDelete
Nice jaunt down memory lane!ReplyDelete
I shouldn't be surprised that Betty hosted the parade. She did every other job in television. Betty was the best.ReplyDelete
Tundra Bunny here... I don't remember going to any Santa Claus Parades when I was a little girl, only because it was always so frickin' cold on the prairies! What stands out more was watching the Rose Bowl Parade for the first time on our new colour TV in the early '70's... we couldn't believe those big, beautiful floats were all made of flowers!ReplyDelete
Oh yes the Rose Bowl Parade! I don't know they even still have it? They were insanely gorgeous floats. I remember when I was a wee one, about 11 or 12, we'd watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade followed by coverage of other thanksgiving parades...they would air Philadelphia, then Detroit, and then end in Honolulu. That is long gone too. Not it's just the Macy and the Philadelphia Holiday parade but aired separately.Delete
"I Love A Parade, the tramping of feet,ReplyDelete
I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I Love A Parade, When I hear a band,
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
The blare of a horn,
A bright uniform,
The sight of a drill,
Will give me a thrill,
I thrill at the skill of anything military.
I love A Parade, a handful of vets,
A line of cadets or any brigade
For I Love A Parade!"
Love Betty White, too. Of course. Jx
*throws confetti and streamers around Jon singing in his gaiety*Delete
Awww, I know you are a balloon handler from way back. They could've used your expertise, Mads!ReplyDelete
I hate parades, myself. I do love Betty White, though, and Lorne Greene for that matter. That deep voice.
Oh cool down girl!!!! I think... back in the day you'd be angling for a romp with him down on the Ponderosa!!!!!Delete
Mads, honey, sweetie, sugar pie, Bonanza started when I was three and ended when I was seventeen. That romp would've been kind of problematic! Now, the original Battlestar Galactica, on the other hand, YUM! My tastes are odd, but they're mine. Now I can't get the Bonanza theme out of my head!Delete
You forgot to mention that now there are commercials every 3 minutes, usually after every balloon or float passes by.ReplyDelete
And what Dave said!!!! At least the Philadelphia station doesn't air commercials every 5 minutes.Delete
It's wild to think about her in her younger days. I hardly recognize herReplyDelete
Betty made everything betty-er.ReplyDelete
Betty could have only made the parade better.ReplyDelete
Big says, Could you imagine Kathy Griffin commentary? 🤣🤣🤣ReplyDelete
Betty White! What a delight she was. These days, sweetpea, we no longer watch the parade because the littles are too old for it and the krewe are too busy cooking. The MITM and I read the paper and drink "coffee" until it's dinner time! xoxoReplyDelete
We don't watch as much as it is background noise anymore, whilst we do the cooking lambchop!Delete
Wow, I'd forgotten she and Lorne Greene hosted the parade. Does THAT bring back memories. Yes, she'd be wonderful to bring back, if still around.ReplyDelete
I remember them well.Betty White and Lorne Greene were a class act. Better than we have today. Of course, the parade was also better then too.ReplyDelete
I'm with you Mistress! I love me a parade. Give me the pomp and circumstance! The balloons and the confetti! I had no idea Betty White hosted the parade for that long. Must have been a tough act to follow.ReplyDelete
Betty White was a National Treasure ( or should have been). But I have an earworm along the lines of "Out in the West, where the livin' is best..." I shall now wander over to Youtube and look for some old clips...ReplyDelete
You're going to get me started with that earworm Dinah.Delete
Some clips of Betty White, not Bonanza. Of course.ReplyDelete
I do remember watching and loving the parade hosted by Betty White when I was a kid. When I was in my early 20s, they were looking for a 6-ft-tall, slender person to wear the Goofy costume. I debated. I worked for an ad agency mid-town and my boss wouldn’t let me take the time to go down and apply because we had a big client coming in. Drat.ReplyDelete
That would have been a great memory playing Goofy.Delete
Thank you for the wonderful memories. Who doesn't LOVE Betty White? She was smart, witty, beautiful and still has a sparkle in her eyes!ReplyDelete
Those were the good ol' days when I could actually tolerate watching the parade. And you actually saw the parade, not the big names and the commercializing.ReplyDelete
That gal had some of the best dimples in show business! Lovely picturesReplyDelete
You evidently haven't seen my ass then.Delete
Yes, we all loved Betty, but she's now gone.ReplyDelete
But I can still hear her....she'll spot one of those balloons bearing down on 6th avenue
and announce, "Oh my, here comes that dear Kate Smith!
Maybe she'll sing 'God bless America' for us?"
Growing up it was the JL Hudson parade in Detroit.ReplyDelete
We used to watch it on tv!!!Delete
Now those were the days. I miss them both.ReplyDelete
This was the parade where Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis were dressed-up as Herman Munster and Grandpa, being driven in the Munster Koach. Fred had a paper bag and some booze in the bag he kept drinking and drinking..... Fred smiled, waved to the crowds and shouted "FUCK YOU!!!" over and over. When he sobered up and found out what he did, he was mortified. Whether or not Betty or Lorne heard this (or heard about it) will forever remain unknown.ReplyDelete
I had never heard that story. That's pricless!Delete